One hearing aid
For every profoundly deaf child who cannot benefit from a hearing aid to amplify speech there are five moderately deaf children who can. Without your gift of a hearing aid these children often remain isolated and unable to go to or progress in school and their community. With a hearing aid children can integrate into ordinary school classrooms and communicate mostly through oral speech. Most families in Africa cannot afford a hearing aid.
Your gift of a hearing aid and batteries will assist a moderately to severely deaf child to cope with and flourish in the hearing world. Profoundly Deaf individuals get by just fine using sign and written languages. Empowerment of this group is the primary focus of GDC. For those who can benefit from an appropriately fitted hearing aid, the world drastically changes. The typical hearing aid on the market in Africa on average cost the equivalent of three months’ of a family’s income. GDC will ensure through its partners that the hearing impaired child is properly tested and fitted with an appropriate hearing aid. The problem of scarcity of hearing aid batteries will be solved by using solar rechargeable hearing aid batteries available through a Deaf run organization Godisa in Botswana. Hearing aids will be delivered at cost price.